Invasive plant choking other life at Carolina Beach

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J. Chris Helms stands among a field of an invasive, aggressive weed called phragmites at Carolina Beach State Park.

The reeds are 4 feet high, thick and sharp during a hike through the patch and Helms, superintendent of the state park, said something surprising. Continue reading

Webinar on Phragmites scale – Thursday April 27

In fall 2016, the scale Nipponaclerda biwakoensis (Kuwana) (Hemiptera: Aclerdidae) was discovered attacking Phragmites (roseau cane) in Plaquemines Parish. The native range of this scale includes China and Japan. The objectives of the webinar will be to describe the problem, present current knowledge on the biology and ecology of the scale, and propose short and long term management options.

Presenters: Drs. Jim Cronin, Blake Wilson and Rodrigo Diaz

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